By Karen Baker, Contributing writer Clarion Herald A new statue graces the grounds of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Mandeville, and it’s no ordinary
Covington-based restoration artist Gianna Salande, above, returned “Entombed Jesus,” a circa-1940s plaster statue of the expired Christ, to St. Alphonsus Church in New Orleans Jan. 4 after devoting nearly a year to its complete overhaul.
With the 200th anniversary of the Ursuline nuns praying to Our Lady of Prompt Succor for her intercession to win the Battle of New Orleans approaching in 2015, sacristan Thais Carriere wants the Uptown shrine in her honor to be in mint condition.
“We’d love the chapel to be beautiful and in decent shape for our 200th anniversary,” Carriere said. “I think it will be a beautiful way to show Our Lady we love her.”
Standing at 4 1/2 feet, the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor suggests a typical young mother in action.